Fabian Santiago thought he would be a football standout when he arrived at Oakcrest High School four years ago.
He ended up being the fastest high school sprinter in New Jersey.
Brittany Scott knew she would be a pitcher when she started her career at Buena Regional. She became one of the region's best.
No matter how their careers started, they ended the same way.
The two dominated their sports this spring. They are The Press 2012 Spring Athletes of the Season.
Santiago won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Meet of Champions. He also anchored Oakcrest's 4x100 relay team to victory. Santiago is just the third boy to win three gold medals in one MOC in the meet's 44-year history.
Santiago also led the Falcons to the state Group III championship.
"This was a real fun season," Santiago said after winning the 200 at the MOC.
Meanwhile, Scott was all but unhittable during her senior season.
She finished 21-4 with 0.35 ERA. Scott threw 19 shutouts, eight no-hitters and three perfect games.
"It was a great feeling," Scott said in a Friday telephone interview. "Who doesn't like it when they can strike someone out or not give up a hit? It's a good feeling to shut people down."
Scott's mother, Dawn, pitched for Buena in the early 1990s.
"When I was 8, we would go out in the backyard and she would teach me how to throw," Scott said. "I wasn't very good. I would throw the ball over the backstop. I was a mess. When I was around 10, I got more serious. That's when I got control of the ball. I fell in love with it."
Meanwhile, Santiago played football for four seasons at Oakcrest, but track became his No. 1 sport after he won the state Group IV 100 dash title as a sophomore.
"I came into high school thinking I was going to be a football star," he said, "but after seeing what I could do in track, I flipped the tables and started concentrating on track."
Santiago has not yet decided on a college. Scott will continue her career at New Haven University.
Both said the spring season was a fitting way to end their high school careers.
"I'll never forget my four years," Scott said. "The girls on the team almost became like my sisters. I will look back and think about the good times we all had together."
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